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The Laureates 2019
Our Inaugural Sino Phil Asia International Peace Laureates Were Commended on March 6, 2019 in Manila, Philippines for their dynamic contributions to humanity.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Dr. Harley Seyedin’s outstanding contributions to economic peace between China and the United States have been commended with a 2017 Nobel Business for Peace Award from the Nobel Committee in Oslo, and by President Obama with a Thomas Jefferson “Peace Through Commerce Medal” in 2013.Dr. Seyedin continues to loyally serve the Chinese people as a good friend as the President of American Chamber of Commerce of South China.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Professor Hurley Meyers’ over three decades commitment to medical advancements and education across the world is applaudable. From receiving the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Master Teacher Award and Golden Apple Teaching Award, to authoring more than 50 abstracts and articles experimental hypertension, coronary heart disease, vascular smooth muscle function, and health promotion, Dr Myers is truly distinguished in our eyes. Additionally, his work with the American Heart Association and implementing medical education across China is inspiring.
From coming to Changsha, Hunan as a baby boy to playing in young bands around Hong Kong to igniting the pop music community of Hong Kong for more than 50 years, Anders Nelsson’s songs, albums, radio and television career continue to inspire us. He was one of the founder-directors of the Composers & Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), the Music Publishers Association (MPA) and worked with EMI Records and BMG as Managing Director to better promote beautiful music. The love and compassion Mr Anders Nelsson have shown to the people of China and the world for over half a century is inspiration for us all.
Economist and China scholar Dr. Koen Gustaaf A. De Ridder is currently the Director of the Confucius Institute in Brussels and Director of UNIZO. He is bridging peace between China, Belgium and Europe. In his capacity as the former Flanders Investment & Trade office, The Belgian Foreign Trade Agency, and the Belgium-China Association, as well as historical research into China, his cultural and economic contributions to peace are commendable.
The landmark Affordable Higher Education For All Act and Senator Sherwin Gatchalian’s lifetime commitment to education is something that he should be applauded for. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian also labored with love for the enactment of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Law in 2016. His work for the Recoverable System Loss Act, Energy Virtual One Stop Shop Act, and Philippines Innovation also stand as examples of his support for the people. As a mayor, congressional representative and now Senator, his contributions to peace through education and politics is highly commendable
As the Secretary of Health of the Philippines, Dr. Francisco T. Duque III is leading a revolutionary Universal Healthcare law signed into law in January by President Rodrigo Duterte. His own work creating the “Formula One For Health” prioritizes strategic financing for healthcare advancement. He moved the passage of the historic legislation of the Universally Accessible, Affordable Quality Medicine Act of 2008, and the Food and Drug Administration Law of 2008. This work is heroic and live-saving in the Philippines and serves as a global example of medical peace.
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Dr. Ji Jiafu’s contributions to medical advances in China are nothing short of historic. As the President of the Peking University Cancer Hospital, Professor Jiafu is internationally recognized for his surgical expertise of gastric cancer. He has standardized surgical procedures and the development of chemotherapy for gastric cancer in China, training thousands of surgeons across the nation. He carries a deep love for his doctor mentors in the United Kingdom, his close colleagues, students and patients in China, and the medical education profession globally. He is a true champion in the battle against cancer.
Promoting literacy and the love of books for over half a century is the beautiful legacy of Mrs. Soccoro Ramos. Since she was 19 years old she and her husband have run the National Bookstore of the Philippines. From a little sari-sari shop along Avenida Rizal to a national wide chain now, her work to bring the best books is truly a public service to lasting peace. In 2017, she launched the National Bookstore College for increasing access to higher education. Without great books and education, we can lose our humanity in this social media driven world—keeping the flame of literacy alive and well is something we warmly cherish and toast.
From the United Kingdom, Mark Clayton has been hosting the community spirited “Come Together Community” concert and fundraiser in the coastal Chinese city of Zhuhai for the past 7-years. Arriving in Guangdong province in 2005, he has used his entrepreneurial vigor as an accountant and CFO to raise funds for students, orphans, and autistic children in Zhuhai. His “Come Together Concert” has brought together music lovers from all over the Greater Bay Area and beyond to enjoy local and international musicians spreading peace, love and community.
Supporting the dreams of small business owners here in the Philippines is a passion for Dr. Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. He has dedicated the operational prowess of his business empire to aiding the economy through entrepreneur and job creation, celebrating historic and honest deals as the Chairman of the Philippines Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Chairman of the Export and Industry Bank. Moreover, he strengthens small and medium enterprises as the Chairman of EIB Realty and Development Corporation. As the Founding Director of the Manila Exposition Complex dubbed “The World Trade Center of the Philippines” his work is helping businesses across all spectrums, creating opportunity for a proud, peaceful, and prosperous Philippines.
As an orthodontist at the Dental School of Azad, Professor Ahmad Sheibani Nia works tirelessly for dental health for all humanity. He has invented patents for the diagnosis of and treatment of dentofacial deformities. With this dental technology, he has donated his efforts to fixing the teeth and dental deformities of orphans and the poor in Iran free of charge. This is truly inspirational work.